Instructional technology refers to the online teaching tools that your instructors may use during the delivery of your courses. Information and resources for the most commonly used instructional technology tools follow below, but your instructors may choose to make use of others not listed here.
Learning Management System: Canvas
Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) used by instructors at USFSM to manage online class content. Depending on course format, your instructors may use Canvas to distribute lecture materials, assignments, exams, grades, and/or course announcements.
To learn more, and for help getting started with Canvas, please visit our Canvas Help page.
Online Exam Proctoring: Proctorio
Instructors may require some of the online quizzes, tests, or exams in your courses to be proctored via Proctorio. This tool analyzes records and analyzes behavior while a student completes a Canvas Quiz, red-flagging possibly suspicious activity for faculty review. It is completely automated, which means that no one is watching you take your quiz/test/exam.
Lecture Capture: Panopto
Panopto enables faculty to record and deliver lecture video incorporating multiple media streams. Your instructor may record and combine camera video, microphone audio, computer audio, PowerPoint/Keynote presentations, and/or their desktop screen.
Virtual Classroom: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra offers faculty a means of scheduling virtual, synchronous class meetings in their online or hybrid class. Faculty have the option to record these meetings for later reference. While this tool will function in any modern web browser, advanced features, such as application sharing, require use of Chrome or Firefox.
Plagiarism Check: Turnitin
Turnitin provides faculty with a means to check written student work for potentially plagiarized material. It is integrated into all Canvas courses by default and enabled on a per-assignment basis.
- Canvas Guide: How do I submit a Turnitin assignment?
- Canvas Guide: How do I view Turnitin results for my assignment submission?
Software Access & Training
Productivity Software: Google G Suite
All USFSM students are provided with a Google G Suite subscription. This includes many services you may already be familiar with. You can send email or manage your schedule with Gmail; store files online with Google Drive; create and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations using Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides; and instant message, video chat, or schedule virtual meetings with Google Hangouts.
You can access your USF G Suite account by selecting “USF Gmail” from the drop-down menu labelled “Email” on the MyUSF web portal. Alternatively, you can navigate to a Google service directly, then log in using your USF email address ending in “@mail.usf.edu.” Once you’ve logged in, you can click the application switcher in the upper-right corner of your web browser screen to switch between Google services. (The location of the switcher may be different if you are using a mobile web browser.)
USF Application Gateway
The USF System provides remote, online access to a variety of commonly used programs that may otherwise be difficult or expensive to obtain. Note that accessing these programs requires installation of the Citrix Receiver application, that programs accessed in this way will run more slowly than those installed on your computer, and special steps are required in order to save your work and avoid data loss. Please follow the guidance provided at the gateway site carefully.
Technical Skills Development
The USF System provides free subscriptions to two alternative platforms for technical skills development. (Both can be found under the “Learning and Teaching Tools” section of the MyUSF web portal.) Each are useful if you are trying to get started with a new program, would like to better understand the advanced features of programs you are already working with, or are generally interested in improving your relationship with technology.